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· HANK MOBLEY with SONNY CLARK, ART TAYLOR, PAUL CHAMBERS, CURTIS PORTER AND BILL HARDMAN – THE SELF-TITLED 1957 BLUE NOTE ALBUM (“HANK MOBLEY”) – MYTHICALLY RARE ORIGINAL 1957 BLUE NOTE MONO LP BLP-1568
· ORIGINAL U.S. PRESSING
THE PINNACLE OF HARD BOP, AND PROBABLY THE RAREST AND MOST COVETED JAZZ ALBUM IN HISTORY
· ORIGINAL WHITE AND BLUE 'BLUE NOTE' LABEL WITH '63RD STREET., NEW YORK', ADDRESS ON THE LABEL
· DEEP GROOVE PRESSING
· The record has an "EAR" symbol (a pretzel-like engravure about 1/4-inch/6mm long) in the trail-off vinyl, which on SOME jazz labels is associated with very early or first pressings)
· The record has a ►Rudy Van Gelder’s name or his initials (RVG) clearly stamped or hand-etched in the trail-off vinyl (dead wax)
· NO Registered Trademark symbol [®] at the bottom part of the label !
· THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST U.S. PRESSING; THIS IS NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
· ORIGINAL, THICK CARDBOARD COVER (AMERICAN STYLE)
· ORIGINAL LAMINATED COVER
· CLEAN, WEAR-FREE LABELS (MINOR STAIN/PEEL-OFF MARK NOTED ON LABEL ON SIDE 1)
· THICK, HEAVY VINYL PRESSING
(►PLEASE SEE THE IMAGE OF THE COVER, LABEL OR BOTH, SHOWN BELOW)
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The original Jazz Messengers, who Mobley had help found, had just disbanded and the heavyweight tenor-man was splitting time between Horace Silver's new group and as an exclusive Blue Note recording artist. Calling on some of the cream of NYC's finest, Mobley opted for a sextet setting and the results became a classic. Including another sax player in Curtis Porter on alto and second tenor was a unique thought and added to the front-line punch of Bill Hardman's trumpet. The rhythm of Sonny Clark on piano, Paul Chambers at the bass and Art Taylor behind the drums is an all-star adhesive holding the group tightly together. Mobley's "dry and intimate" tone shines through in a subtle approach to the harmonies and cadence set in each selection.
Hank Mobley (Blue Note 1568) is the proverbial Holy Grail of Jazz collectors. The album was pressed in a very limited number of 500 copies only and for decades remained one of the most prized collectors items in existence. Most collectors live and die without EVER holding in their hands one of these precious specimens!
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(IMPORTANT NOTE: unless otherwise noted, ALL records are graded visually, and NOT play-graded!; we grade records under the strong, diffuse room light or discrete sunlight)
(a) WE GRADE THE VINYL AS STRONG VERY GOOD+(+) . CAUTION: The vinyl is NOT MINT or NEAR MINT, but is nevertheless in a very nice and clean condition. There are some surface marks and abrasions, mostly light and superficial, although some may be longer than 1.1/4 inches (1 inch = 2.5 centimeters) There are absolutely NO signiticant or scarring scratches on the disc, and the disc plays NEAR MINT throughout, with only a minor surface noise here and there, and without any distortion whatsoever. This album was play-graded.
(b) The record has a "deep groove" (an indent in the label about 1/2-inch from the edge of the label, which on SOME labels is associated with very early or first pressings)
(c) The record has a ►Rudy Van Gelder name, or his initials (RVG) stamped or hand-etched in the trail-off vinyl (dead wax). On SOME Jazz labels (Blue Note, Savoy, Regent, Prestige, Impulse, Verve…) this stamp signifies highly professional masterings either done by - or personally authorized by - the legendary engineer himself.
(d) The record has an "ear" symbol (a pretzel-like engravure about 1/4-inch/6mm long) in the trail-off vinyl, which on SOME jazz and blues labels (such as Blue Note; Folkways; Period, etc…) is associated with very early or first pressings). The 'ear' symbol is actually a letter 'P' in italic script, denoting a pressing made by Plastilite Corporation’s pressing plant.
(e) The record is pressed on a beautiful, thick, inflexible vinyl, which was usually used for the first or very early pressings. Usually, the sound on such thick vinyl pressings is full-bodied, vivid, and even dramatic. Do not expect to obtain such a majestic analog sound from a digital recording!
(f) The record comes in the original stock inner sleeve.
(g) Of course, this is a full-bodied ANALOG recording, and not an inferior, digital recording!!!
· COVER (THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, LAMINATED, GLOSSY COVER):